Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has insisted he remains fully in charge of first team affairs, despite the controversial return of Joe Kinnear to the club.
Pardew returned to the club last week for the start pre-season training, amid increasing question marks over his future. Last month, owner Mike Ashley shocked supporters by appointing former manager Joe Kinnear as director of football.
Kinnear's arrival has already coincided with managing director Derek Llambias's departure from St James Park and it has been feared that there may be tensions between Pardew and the man described upon his unveiling as, "the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters."
Pardew though, while open to working with the Irishman, is clear as to who is running the team.
"As the manager of the football club - which I am - I think it's very, very important that the fans and the players know that I am managing this football team," said Pardew.
"That's my contract and that's what I'm going to do."
Pardew acknowledges that there will be huge focus on the working relationship between Kinnear, his scout Graham Carr and himself, but hopes the three men can work together to improve Newcastle's squad and build on last season's disappointing 16th place finish.
He added: "There has been a change above me in that Derek has now left the football club, and I want to thank him for the job he did here. He was terrific for me and the team, and now we have Joe Kinnear in that role, and I hope Joe can influence Mike to a degree and we can bring in some great players here.
"Me and Graham will put them there and hopefully Joe can get them over the line and if that's the case, then hopefully we will have a good scenario out of all this bad publicity that we have had.
"The most important thing is we have a successful season because last year, we didn't."